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MV X-Press Pearl ship has started to sink: Navy

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The MV X-Press Pearl ship that caught fire in Sri Lankan waters has started to sink this morning, the Navy said.

Navy Spokesman Captain Indika De Silva said a private salvage team had started to tow the ship to deep sea as instructed by the President.

The fire aboard the cargo ship off Sri Lanka was finally extinguished Tuesday after a 13-day international operation.

Earlier, experts from Dutch salvage company SMIT boarded the MV X-Press Pearl and reported massive flooding of the engine rooms.(DSB)

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  • Arnold Wednesday, 02 June 2021 11:05 AM

    We cant eat fish for years now. Chemicals will be seeping for a long time.

    Disillusioned Wednesday, 02 June 2021 11:14 AM

    Smit are the same Dutch experts that salvage the vessel blocking the Suez canal some months ago. No one else was able to do that. Hopefully this is also what Smit recommend and not what the president recommend

    Dee Wednesday, 02 June 2021 11:15 AM

    It should have been towed back a week or so ago. Yet another delayed action

    Thomas Ratnam Wednesday, 02 June 2021 11:16 AM

    This gets more catastrophic every day. One can only wonder what other disasters will hit us, and how this sinking will unfold to destroy our environment. (Not to mention all those living along the coast and the fishermen.)

    Dinesh Wednesday, 02 June 2021 11:21 AM

    So they have to wait for the President. Shouldn't they take the decision on what course of action to be taken. Maybe they waited for the President to tell them what time to start fighting the fire.......

    Suranjith Hannadige Wednesday, 02 June 2021 12:04 PM

    Really strange and suspicious actions By the entire team right from the beginning isn't me only think like this

    Gert Jan, the Netherlands Wednesday, 02 June 2021 12:11 PM

    Reply to Disillusioned: yes, Smit is a subsidiary of Boskalis Salvage, but hired by your government so they probably have no jurisdiction.

    Sponge Bob Wednesday, 02 June 2021 02:38 PM

    Hoping and praying Sir and the government also sinks with it so this country can be saved from this misery of utterly rubbish management.

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 02 June 2021 03:17 PM

    This stupid moron of a President had to wait until the stern of the ship was going below the water level to order it to be towed to the deep sea. Can this be justified.


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